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    The best grain looks like in the middle, so I'd...

    The best grain looks like in the middle, so I'd be cutting the outer cracked sections off for pen blanks, then return a bowl from the centre section.
  2. Yes more reliable than a toaster oven. I used a...

    Yes more reliable than a toaster oven. I used a similar camp oven to the one you showed for many years, just got frustrated with the 2 hr timer on mine, so swapped for a smoker oven that has a 24hr...
  3. yes better than a toaster oven. Biggest issue I...

    yes better than a toaster oven. Biggest issue I had with something like that is the timer usually has a limit, but I can't see any details in the ad. Like a toaster over though, make sure the...
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    Same thing happened to mine. The housing that the...

    Same thing happened to mine. The housing that the locking pin goes into also holds the bearing so it's stuffed I'm afraid. I asked if anyone had a spare housing and was lucky enough to get one from...
  5. Been playing with designs again. I wanted...

    Been playing with designs again. I wanted sliding bearings on a SHS on its side but then requires the edges to be welded. I don't have the gear to weld aluminium plus I couldn't get the sizes I...
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    I thought it was PNG Ebony. Usually a lot of...

    I thought it was PNG Ebony. Usually a lot of stripy stuff but I scored a decent amount of solid and half half stuff from Teak & Face Timbers many moons ago that was very similar
  7. Hate to say it but this one was my second. The...

    Hate to say it but this one was my second. The first being a lot worse and I lost the whole shed. Welding a ripper snipper motor on my son's pushbike outside the shed. Some molten metal must have...
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    I often water down the first layer up to 50% to...

    I often water down the first layer up to 50% to help with penetration but I always use full strength for final (min 2 layers). While out in the dry middle I use it straight as water is precious.
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    Turned out beautiful in the end thank goodness...

    Turned out beautiful in the end thank goodness :2tsup:

    I whole new set of skills on approach techniques and often tools themselves for turning hybrids. You certainly get lots of practice at...
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    These days I use Parfix PVA (only because Log...

    These days I use Parfix PVA (only because Log Sealer has gone up and harder to get), normally $20 for 4L, but on checking noticed it's gone up again Parfix 4L PVA Wood Glue | Bunnings Warehouse.
  11. My only other surprise was it is almost all...

    My only other surprise was it is almost all plastic. If I have another fire there will be nothing left :rolleyes:.

    No indeed/outfeed tables, but I was expecting that, and dam my old Jet ones...
  12. Well I bit the bullet, cancelled the Timbercon...

    Well I bit the bullet, cancelled the Timbercon order, then bought the Dewalt. Got it home and unpacked it to find a set of blades. So I thought you must have to install them. I started pulling it...
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    Bees wax is too flexible/soft, paraffin with 5%...

    Bees wax is too flexible/soft, paraffin with 5% beeswax is better, but for actual blanks only not logs. For logs, the best is Log Sealer, but if you can't get that use PVA glue.

    Normal paint is...
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    Apart from variability as Bob mentioned, a decent...

    Apart from variability as Bob mentioned, a decent sized tree trunk will never be dry, seasoned yes but not dry. That is one of the main reasons they eventually rot, apart from the bugs, due to the...
  15. Dam Blackwoods, they put their price back up to...

    Dam Blackwoods, they put their price back up to the same as the others, so I can't use your trick. At least you saved some $'s
  16. It isn't. Many a newby flattening a slab ends up...

    It isn't. Many a newby flattening a slab ends up with a veneer. Knowing where to take a cut, flip, take another, flip, etc until it's flat is an art. I remember watching Jeff and saying shouldn't...
  17. This one is a true spiral helix cutter...

    This one is a true spiral helix cutter https://www.timbecon.com.au/13in-deluxe-thicknesser-helical-spiral-head. Out of stock and currently expected August if you pre-order.

    The Dewalt is known as...
  18. Free JET 13" Delux Thicknesser for parts

    Well cleaning up now after the fire and pulled the old thicknesser out. Basically the plastic parts are toast but all the metal parts are fine. I've scalped the thickness turning arm on top, for my...
  19. Good idea Bunnings, wonder if they will do the...

    Good idea Bunnings, wonder if they will do the redemption too :rolleyes:. I got a quote directly from Shelix via R.D.G. International AgenciesT/a Woodcraft Supplies in QLD for $695 + $38 delivery...
  20. There is no doubt in my mind that the Dewalt with...

    There is no doubt in my mind that the Dewalt with a Shelix would be a superior unit, but I'm not sure it is twice the machine to make the price worth while.




    Nothing much at the moment as...
  21. Been turning for many many years and tried to...

    Been turning for many many years and tried to learn hand sharpening gouges but never really got the hang of it. No matter how I practice I have never got a smooth unfacetted face on a spindle/bowl...
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    Was thinking the same thing. Not as involved as...

    Was thinking the same thing. Not as involved as I used to be anymore but still hanging in there. Has always been a useful knowledge bank of members and information. My phone is full of contacts,...
  23. Thanks. Yes the Dewalt is almost double the...

    Thanks. Yes the Dewalt is almost double the price when you add the Shelix Helical Head, so not sure if it's worth it.

    Nah not interested in pursuing the JET, I only bought it originally because I...
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    I use a good Car Clear Lacquer

    I use a good Car Clear Lacquer
  25. In my top workshop where my mobile lathe is kept,...

    In my top workshop where my mobile lathe is kept, from being lazy. Instead of parting off a waste block glued on with hot melt glue I started with lots of metho, then due to good joint, rather than...
  26. Looking to replace my fire damaged JET 13" Delux Thicknesser

    Ok need to replace my JET 13" Thicknesser after it was cooked in my workshop fire. They are no longer really available in Aus and have claimed for a replacement with a Carbatec 13" Spiral head bench...
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    I canít register to Powtrans web site, they are...

    I canít register to Powtrans web site, they are not accepting my phone number +61417782204 ?? Tried with and without +, +61 etc
  28. I've built a couple. I have a basic table with...

    I've built a couple. I have a basic table with good RHS frame under some 19mm form ply. I then mounted tracks along the table and across the table. My first try was using shower door wheels in J...
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    Thanks but that is the one I had. It didn't...

    Thanks but that is the one I had. It didn't really have much torque grunt, but did I have the setting right?? Hmm can't check now,
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    Yeh, "don't be stupid" :rolleyes::U ,metho and...

    Yeh, "don't be stupid" :rolleyes::U ,metho and flames don't mix :oo: :doh:



    I was trying to get my waste block off my finished turning that was hot melt glued on. Rather than just turning it...
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    New a New VFD for my Woodfast Lathe

    Hi Guys, don't get on here much anymore, as I am mainly on my phone these days and I find it hard to read and sooooo slow. Anyway with COVID I'm stuck at home so can use my computer, so at least I...
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    Depends on the resin, colour, cut finish etc but...

    Depends on the resin, colour, cut finish etc but in short you will be able to see when viewed at right angles to the joint/. It then becomes how hard is it to see. If totally clear resin you will...
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    WANTED:N.S.W.. I have a number of Spalted Red Ash slices, but...

    I have a number of Spalted Red Ash slices, but only 100-120 wide x 25 thick x 250-300 long for $10-$20 each. I don't get on here much anymore and about to leave to head south this week. If...
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    WANTED:SA. I've got an almost perfect donut burl, around dia...

    I've got an almost perfect donut burl, around dia 400mm, from half way up a small tree (dia 100) that came down in the mini cyclone that hit The Gap in Brisbane ~10 years back(?). The trees up here...
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    Thanks Paul, email sent

    Thanks Paul, email sent
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    I have quite a few slabs for sale in Camphor...

    I have quite a few slabs for sale in Camphor Laurel, Blue Gum, Budgeroo, Red Ash, Crows Ash, Red Cedar, Doughwood and Mango. I'm in Nerang on the Gold Coast not far off the motorway.

    You are...
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    If you use: steel wool/vinegar/old tea bag you...

    If you use: steel wool/vinegar/old tea bag you can ebonise most timbers as the tea bag provides the tannins but most eucalypts or acacias ebonise well. I use Qld Blackwood most of the time because I...
  38. Thread: Laburnum

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    Sorry I don't have any. Apparently a couple of...

    Sorry I don't have any. Apparently a couple of species too come under the name.

    Richard why are you chasing it? Sounds really risky to play with, although maybe whilst green (like our Gutta...
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    Triton TR001 with broken housing

    My old big Triton router had a stuck router bit, done up too tight, and the housing around the stop cracked as I tried to loosen it. Ended u getting the bit out by using monkey wrench on the main...
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    I have some but the longest length is around...

    I have some but the longest length is around 300mm.

    Why do you want it for legs anyway? You'd be better off using normal Redgum and ebonising it to suit.
  41. The timber sounds a bit like Umbrella tree,...

    The timber sounds a bit like Umbrella tree, rapidly drying leaving a decent void in the middle
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    Stabilising with stabilising resin (like Cactus...

    Stabilising with stabilising resin (like Cactus Juice) is a process that replaces any air voids (at the microscopic/cellular level, not cracks or voids) with resin. This means the timber will no...
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    Aluminium sheet pressed cut and unfolded to form...

    Aluminium sheet pressed cut and unfolded to form a honeycomb shape. It is used in air-conditioning and aircraft manufacturing amongst other things.

    It can be cast with epoxy, under pressure after...
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    I planted a Black Bean in y back yard 20 years...

    I planted a Black Bean in y back yard 20 years ago and it's now ~250mm dia, flowering and dropping crap loads of seeds, sing out if anyone wants some. I figure with 8" of sapwood I doubt it would be...
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    Lightning strike can twist the grain

    Lightning strike can twist the grain
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    Looking good mate. You could also try one of...

    Looking good mate. You could also try one of those Kallenshaan laser inlay kits of the USA/Aussie flag (whatever client is after) as a cap
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    Yes I still have some left over, but not for sale...

    Yes I still have some left over, but not for sale I'm afraid, and I got it on a one off deal from a Chinese supplier.
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    I have quite a few species collected over the...

    I have quite a few species collected over the years, but as others have said, from a rarity perspective. I also dry quite a few timbers in water containers in the hot months in an attempt to avoid...
  49. one hell of a gift, introduce me :D

    one hell of a gift, introduce me :D
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    As Euge says like many other desert Acacias. ...

    As Euge says like many other desert Acacias. There are 2 types in WA and the one from QLD is different again but all the same species (at present). The main difference is colour and size. All are...
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